Issued: 0900 Thursday 17th January 2018
Duty forecaster: Dr. Simon Keeling
A mixed week and feeling chilly
Conditions become colder next week. The threat of some wintry weather through Tuesday and Wednesday although the details of this remain uncertain. Temperatures are likely to be falling further after mid-week with cold weather lasting into the weekend. Snow flurries on eastern coasts.
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A ridge of high pressure builds through the UK and Ireland on Sunday. There may be some bright spells at first, although cloud and patchy rain could affect eastern England. Morning mist and fog patches slowly lifting. An occluded front brings some rain into western Scotland, Wales and western England through the morning, this troubling Ireland too. Most of it will only be showery and light. Highs at 4 to 8C.
A ridge of high pressure brings a cool morning across all areas. There will be some sunny spells at first. Cloud increases here during the day with rain into northwest England, Wales and southwest England later. Wet and breezy in Ireland, rain turning to snow flurries as it passes east over Scotland. Highs at 3 to 7C.
Low confidence in the forecast for Tuesday. At the present time low pressure is expected to be passing east over the country. An area of rain turns to sleet and snow as it passes east. Highs at 1 to 5C.
Low pressure remains close to the east on Wednesday. This brings a further threat of sleet and snow here. Drier and cold in the west, just a few coastal snow showers. Highs at 1 to 4C.
Snow fades from the east on Thursday, although it may stay cloudy. Brighter in the west with sunny spells. The flow turns more easterly and a cold day is likely everywhere. Highs at 1 to 4C.
Staying cold through Friday with the wind from the east or southeast. A few snow flurries in the east, best of the sunshine in the west. Highs at 1 to 3C.